I miss you

Bombay Bombay,
I miss you everyday.
There is life in your veins.
No where else is the same.
Oh, sure you're filthy.
And maybe unhealthy.
And the prices of your property.
Can afford only the wealthy.
Narrow lanes and traffic.
Yet I find you fantastic.
Every year during the rains,
lives are lost, poor planning and drains.
Still I love you all the same.
Every day I hear you calling my name.
I know we'll be together one day.
Some or the other way.
I've travelled the world far and wide.
But in my heart only you abide.
I've seen skyscrapers and modern marvels.
Lived in th most luxurious five star hotels.
But I just always miss you.
Because in my heart, its always been you.

-RUELHA
www.ruelha.com
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It’s a very small city but the second most crowded in the whole world!
Nobody stops….like ever. we bump into at least 100 people in a day and nobody turns to apologize or even notice!
it’s such a melting pot of cultures…..
this picture really does not do justice to my point!
A lot of cities/states have had a name change and I’ll stay away from the politics. But you see how I still refer to it as Bombay…..cos that’s love….true love baby!
The land of Bollywood and the financial capital of India….
We speak the worst kind of Hindi….it’s extremely informal and may sound very disrespectful to anyone from outside, but it’s music to my ears these daysπŸ˜…πŸ€£πŸ™ˆ
we love asking and giving directions….and with lanes and bylanes everywhere, no map will help….only a person can explain directions to you….. besides, it’s the only place in the world where we talk of distance in time. Not kilometers or miles, but we speak of how far a place is in time, including traffic of course…..I found it so difficult to speak in kilometers once I moved out. Example, the airport is 15mins away from my house early morning, 45minutes on a good day and 1hour10minutes in the evening, 1.5hr during the monsoons😜….that’s how we calculate distance. The unit of measure is time!
Bambaiya is an atrocious mix of Hindi and Marathi with hints of English….it’s got the most informal, grammatically incorrect and disrespectful bits of them all…
people here tell me trains are crowded…..I’m a Bombay girl duh…I travelled by train everyday there…..sweetie, every other train in the world seems empty to me!
Again, this picture does not do justice…..
Mumbai vs Delhi, the two biggest cities always trying to prove they are better….I remember the cold war whenever Delhi crew would have an aircraft swap/handover with us Mumbai crew…..language, dialect, culture, accent, so very different….always trying to prove who’s better …..but we all know the truth, right?! (Gaowala = villager, every other place seems slow and rural to us)

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  1. Also Paradise
    For A Pandemic
    All The Lovely
    Humans
    Packed
    As Tight
    As Lemmings

    He he

    Personally

    i Choose Wild
    Life Feeding It Free

    Just Being A Living
    Tree In The Breeze

    Deeper Roots
    Than Concrete

    Streets

    Branches

    Bending

    Easy

    Just

    Naked

    Leaves

    All That’s

    Left Now

    Fertilizing

    Green

    Spring

    In Winter

    Cloud SKeYes

    True Though Rue

    In This Vessel/Plane Now

    Prepared For Anywhere i enjoy

    Yes Bombay all The Sights Yet

    i Land Now FoRest Remains🌲πŸ₯³

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    1. Bombay is filled with wild life…..
      People behave like wild uncouth animals here….
      We are all living in a concrete jungle…..πŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ™ˆπŸ˜œπŸ™ˆπŸ˜œπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œ

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  2. Excellent post. I would like to visit Bombay. When we arrived in Paris in 2013 and came up out of the subway, we were trying to orient ourselves. A French couple came up and asked us what we were looking for. We told them it was a hostel and showed them the address. They showed us the way. That kind of help and friendliness was not expected from all the stories I had heard about rude, nasty French. That was the start of discovering the French, even Parisians, are mostly very nice, really helpful.

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    1. Oh …..Bombay is not much of a tourist destination. It’s more city-like…and more about the way of life and people that fascinates….but you might just like it. Goa, kerala, jaipur etc….these are better tourist destinations

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    2. I haven’t been to France ever but my husband stayed there many months for some training….mostly in Toulouse though….I sure do hope to see the Eiffel Tower someday…..someday….hmm…..somedayπŸ™πŸΌπŸ€©πŸ™πŸΌπŸ€©πŸ™πŸΌπŸ€©πŸ™πŸΌπŸ€©

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        1. Oooh wow Timothy….I’m gonna have a look soon….I am in Bombay right now….and just soaking in my vacation time …..family and feeling all Christmasssey…….i might check it out in a few days…….I’m eager to see your post….soon πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€—πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€—πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©

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          1. That sounds like lots of fun. I saw a family when I was out photographing cranes last night who lives here now but said they are from Bombay.

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  3. Great enjoyable verse and some wonderful quotes! Agreed, the city has something special about it! Whether it’s wandering around Chor Bazaar or ambling along Marine Dr up to Nariman Point. I know the traffic is dire but it was far worse before the flyovers and of course the bridge to Bandra. Haha

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    1. It does have something special…..more life and more freedom and more opportunities.
      You do remember Bombay very very very well Colin. I’m in Bombay right now and I already don’t want to go back home lol.you do know the geography of this place a whole lot better than me πŸ˜œπŸ™ˆπŸ˜œπŸ™ˆπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ™ˆπŸ˜œ

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        1. You definitely have travelled a lot and absorbed a lot each culture has to offer Collin ……thank you so much….I’m loving my time here🀩😍🀩😍🀩😍🀩

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    1. Oooh….I love San Francisco soooooo much….
      Among all the north American places I’ve been too, I loved SFO the most…..so so so much…..I used to come there for 4 days every month about 12 years ago ….then we went on vacation 3.5 years ago to SFO, Oregon and Seattle……I just love SFO ……beautiful

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  4. Thank you for giving us an insight to this city that you love so much, Ruelha. I can see why you are proud and happy to be a Bombayite. πŸ˜€

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    1. Oooh yes I love this place just tooooo much…..thanks for stopping by to read about my city Lesley πŸ€—πŸ˜ƒπŸ€—πŸ˜ƒπŸ€—πŸ˜ƒπŸ€—….have a great year ahead…happy 2021😎🍭

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  5. I loved this post. I have flown into (and out) Mumbai twice and spent a weekend at the Taj Mahal Hotel, arriving by airfoil across the bay. When I was working, I would do some shopping, but I did not spend time as a tourist. I enjoyed my visit and your memes brought back memories.

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    1. Mark, reading your comment makes me smile….in fact, reading anything about Bombay makes me smile.πŸ˜„πŸ™ˆπŸ˜„ I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in my city. It is a very unique place πŸ˜…

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  6. I have travelled to India only once and my first taste was in Mumbai/Bombay airport. Unfortunately we never left the airport as we were travelling to the NorthEast and so I’ll have to save those joys hopefully for another blessed journey.

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    1. Awww….you’ve been to my city.
      But somehow unfortunately.
      Didnt get to step out.
      The place to look and scout.
      NorthEast is beautiful and scenic.
      Wonderful place for a picnic.
      Another trip is calling.
      Dawn, my friend, don’t be stalling.

      πŸ˜πŸ€—πŸ˜‰πŸ€—πŸ˜‰πŸ€—πŸ˜‰πŸ€—πŸ˜‰πŸ˜

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        1. I’ll contest that….I’ll fight you tooth and nail….πŸ˜‰πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ˜‰….
          I loved going to Calcutta for many years around 2006. I used to go there at least twice a month. Was my favourite flight bid/request after London and San Francisco, of course. But during my domestic days, Calcutta was my favourite flight. I still remember the reporting time for that flight. It was as early as 5:40 in the morning….meaning the flight was a 6:40 departure and I hated doing early mornings but I loved that flight. The pattern went like this… Bombay-Calcutta-Guwahati-Calcutta with almost 2 days in Calcutta and then the same pattern in reverse. Back then rules were a little relaxed for crew, so we’d stop by to carry Rasgoolas and Mishti Doi in earthen pots back home. Yeah, we had that advantage of being able to keep those delicate liquid filled heavy earthen pots in the cabin. And all of us did that. So the whole cabin was filled with fragile earthen pots! Fun days!!!πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚βš±

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